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The 9th annual Beginning Farmer Retreat took place on February 10th and 11th at Ewalu Retreat Center in Strawberry Point. Seventeen aspiring and beginning farmers came together to build their peer network and strengthen the financial position of their newborn operations. These farmers run a variety of operations, everything from sweet corn and vegetables to […]

March 1, 2017 


Today I’d like to introduce you to two farmers: Jenny Quiner and Dusty Farnsworth. Jenny runs a ¼ acre urban vegetable farm in Des Moines while Dusty farms several hundred acres of organic and conventional row crops with integrated hogs and cattle. What do these two have in common besides their membership in Practical Farmers […]



Do you plant cover crops on your farm? Then you know that they improve your soil health and clean your water, but do you ever wonder what they do for your bottom line? While many scientific studies have been done that quantify environmental benefits of cover crops, there just isn’t the same research regarding the […]

February 14, 2017 


At the 2015 PFI Annual Conference, Kay Jensen of JenEhr Farm prompted farmers in her session to write down their prices for six common market vegetables: broccoli, carrot, greens, green beans, radish and tomato. I collected these responses and organized them by region, promising I would soon have them up on the blog. Now, six months […]

June 15, 2015 


For a couple of years now there have been two resource guides on the Practical Farmers of Iowa Beginning Farmer webpage. One of them is a list of business planning resources containing helpful websites, software, consultants, workshops, books, organizations and more. The other guide is a list of resources for financial planning, which includes loans, grants, and other […]

May 5, 2015 


Less than a week after most of our state was hit with blizzard conditions, thirty-five beginning and aspiring farmers found themselves traveling to the Iowa City area in warm temperatures under a bright clear blue sky.  Many Iowans may have taken advantage of the break in winter weather to get outside and check a few […]

February 12, 2015 


Remember getting $10 as a graduation gift, or maybe even $50?  Ever hit the jackpot with $2400? Yeah, me neither.  But graduates of the Savings Incentive Program did!  Completing the Savings Incentive Program nabbed these individuals up to an extra $2400 to match dollar for dollar with their own savings.  So that’s a potential 4800 […]

September 2, 2014 


Hear farmers share their experiences creating and using the essential farm business plan, and learn to use FINPACK, software that can help crunch the numbers.

January 14, 2014 


Practical Farmers of Iowa is taking applications for the Savings Incentive Program until October 4th. If the program could help you or someone you know please contact us today to apply. Do you, or a beginning farmer you know, suffer from the following symptoms?

September 13, 2013 


Fall is almost here and for the 4th time we are recruiting applications for the Savings Incentive Program here at Practical Farmers. Programming for Beginning Farmers has expanded dramatically in recent years and SIP is an example. The initial group who finished in 2012 were nine, the second group finishes this year with 22, the […]

August 14, 2013